SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 18, 2013

Stone Soup owner seeks to open new restaurant

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — IPSWICH — The owner of Stone Soup, which closed last month after 20 years in town, is looking to open a new restaurant where the eatery first got its start.

Mark Macklin and his daughter, Hannah, are seeking a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals to open a new restaurant at 20 Mitchell Road, according to the permit application submitted Aug. 19. The meeting will take place Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

“Our intent is to run a small restaurant, similar to the restaurant (Stone Soup) that my wife and I ran from 1993 to 2001,” Macklin wrote. “We will be mainly a burger and sandwich shop with hours of operation being 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.”

Stone Soup opened at the Mitchell Road location in 1993 before moving to the corner of Central and Market streets.

In 2009, the restaurant moved into the building formerly occupied by Marco Polo restaurant on High Street until it closed last month.

Macklin declined comment for this story when reached by phone at this home.

“Having closed our current restaurant on 141 High St. after 20 years in business, it will be nice to give my daughter the opportunity to start her own place where our roots began,” Macklin wrote.

A fire, which was deemed accidental, occurred at the High Street location days before the restaurant was slated to close on Aug. 23.

The owners of The Farm Bar & Grille in Essex plan to transform the High Street location into an upscale Mexican restaurant under a different name, according to Ryan Cox, co-owner. They have other locations in Dover and Manchester, N.H. The name of the new restaurant has not yet been determined.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.